Stone Survey Reveals Best Practices 09/03/2008 | A comprehensive study of the natural stone industry has been conducted by the Hollis, NH-based Natural Stone Council (NSC). The study presents an in-depth look at quarry and processing operations over that last year, identifying the industry's best practices as well as defining areas of focus to establish natural stone's environmental profile. Building owners and facilities professionals can use this information to specify environmentally friendly stone products for their facilities.Forty-two (42) North American companies responded to the survey, with the data representing over 16 million cubic feet of net quarried stone and nearly 6 million cubic feet of net stone produced by fabricators. Granite, limestone, sandstone, and marble sectors had the greatest number of respondents. With regard to quarry operations, adequate information was collected to assemble an initial life-cycle inventory for granite, limestone, and sandstone in the near future. The first versions of these data sets are in their final draft stages and will be available this fall at www.genuinestone.org. Survey responses revealed that water-consumption efficiency will be key for the industry's sustainability profile because of increasing global water shortages. This issue, along with site maintenance and quarry closure, has been identified as a topic for best-practice briefs. The NSC will work with the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies (CCPCT) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, to perform a life-cycle analysis of the environmental impacts of certain stone products, identify strategic sustainability goals for the industry, and continue outreach efforts to the environmental and green building communities through best practices, case studies, and material fact sheets. Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on Sustainability / Resilience » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage Editor's Letter Social Spaces That Work Throughout the Workday Better Buildings Initiative Expanding to Increase U.S. Laboratories Efficiency Related Articles Green Building Operations Creating a Recycling Program Green Building Operations Office Refresh – Room to Grow for a Dynamic Research Firm Green Building Operations Green Building Advocates Stay Committed Despite Paris Agreement Withdrawal Green Building Operations A New Technique for Green Roof Evaluation Project Management Change Management: Convincing Leadership to Adopt Alternative Procurement Building Controls Common Pitfalls When Installing HVAC Sensors HVAC Common Pitfalls When Installing HVAC Sensors Life/Fire Safety 7 Most Essential NFPA® Standards for Building Owners, including NFPA 3000TM (PS) Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Related Articles Cooking Oil and Tires: The Future of Biofuel? Bacteria That Can Improve Bio-Based Fuels Biomass Requirements for Green Building Standard Biomass Projects Encourage Adoption Fuel from Your Facility’s Backyard Sponsored Links Transform aging roofs into high performing, energy efficient roofs with Polyglass’ premium, white roof coating systems. Check out this roof renovation project! DSX Access Systems – An industry leader in the design and sales of integrated access control products from single-door to enterprise-wide systems. www.dsxinc.com Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Benchmarking Data Shows Market Trends for Five Major Property Types. Click here to visit our website!